Castleford ground undergoes improvements for new season

Steve Gill

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Castleford Tigers chief executive Steve Gill has revealed that substantial improvements are being made at the Wheldon Road ground for next season.

In a letter to fans published on the club’s website Gill explained that work on the ground had included the relocation of the physiotherapy clinic, upgrade of the coaches area and gym and refurbishment of the commercial office.

He said: “We have been quite busy in making it a better environment for the players, staff and supporters down at the soon-to-be Mend-A-Hose Jungle.

“The Tiger Bar refurbishment is under way as we look to make our proud history the focal point.

“We are putting cladding on the outside which will feature iconic images of players while work on the inside over the Christmas period will turn it into a place where people can view our heritage. The toilet area within the bar will also be improved.

“We have also completed a lot of electrical safety work in and around the ground to comply with our safety certificate while all the wooden windows on the outer buildings in front of the main stand are being replaced.

“Over the next three months we have planned a re-design of the Castleford Tigers signs on the Wheldon Road End and £50,000 is being invested into improving our floodlights so that they meet Super League requirements. That is being done through one of our major sponsors stepping up to the mark – details of this will be announced in due course.

“A lot of work is being done and the increase in the Tigers Daily Draw revenue, which a lot of you have bought into, has played a large part in enabling us to do it.

“However, a lot more work is still required and I need your help to achieve what I believe the old girl deserves. Let’s not just talk about what needs to be done, let’s do it together and share in the knowledge that The Mend-A-Hose Jungle is the best Rugby League ground in the country – £1 a week will help achieve that.”